As we all know, this is the centenary year of the sinking of the Titanic (100 years as of April past). In Northern Ireland, where Titanic was built and we are not afraid to tell the world we made something that actually worked (for a while), there was a great hype and build up to April. A visitor centre was built along with a signature piece (Titanic Museum).
“What is this post actually about ?” “Don’t be stupid, 1918? The Titanic sank in 1912!” I hear you cry from the roof-tops (if you want to share with a friend this website I would be more than happy :)) Well on 17th July 1918 RMS (Royal Mail Ship) Carpathia was sank by the German U-Boat, U55.
Helping with The Titanic
This very ship was one ship which rescued the drowning people from the freezing Atlantic waters after the Titanic had “went down.” The crew of this ship lifted 710 drowning passengers. The crew were later awarded by the passengers that were saved, each crew member getting a medal or reward for helping the passengers.
World War 1
During the First World War RMS Carpathia was used to transport the American and Canadian troops over to Europe to help with the war effort. Among her passengers during the war years was Frank Buckles, who went on to become the last surviving American veteran of the war.
On July 15th RMS Carpathia left Liverpool to set sail for Boston, USA in a convoy. At 09:15, on 17th July RMS Carpathia was torpedoed by the German U-Boat, U55. Of 3 fired torpedoes 1 penetrated the ship, straight into the engine room and the other two missed.
There were 57 passengers and 218 crew. Captain William Prothero gave the order to abandon ship. The crew and passengers survived. After the ship was abandoned the U-Boat fired a 3rd torpedo and then began making its way over to the lifeboats filled with crew and passengers. It never got to the lifeboats as HMS Snowdrop (a Fleet Sweeping Vessel commissioned by the Royal Navy during WW1).
Finding the Wreckage
The remains of RMS Carpathia was found in 2000 by American author and diver Clive Cussler.